Fear the Walking Dead is a 2015 American television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson premiering on AMC and globally from August 23, 2015 onwards. It is a companion series to the hugely successful horror drama TV series The Walking Dead, which is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard.
AMC approved the pilot to series on March 9, 2015, with a two-season commitment.
Set in Los Angeles, the series follows a male divorced teacher, a female guidance counsellor, and her two children – a son and a daughter – in the zombie apocalypse…
“Fear the Walking Dead brings a welcome shift in location, tone, and characters. Like Telltale’s The Walking Dead video games, it’s able to present us with an whole new cast of characters while demonstrating that it’s really the zombified world that that’s the star of the show and all that you really need for there to be a spinoff.” Matt Fowler, IGN
“The most unbelievable part of the show is not actually the zombies, but the show’s insistence that a rising tide of the undead could somehow remain largely invisible in the era of social media … Fear the Walking Dead wants to offer us a fresh look at the end of the world, in a different place and through the eyes of a different cast of characters. But at first glance there isn’t much that feels new here, not only in comparison to The Walking Dead but zombie media at large.” Laura Hudson, Wired
“Fear is not lacking in drama, but it is lacking in action. Getting away from one undead assailant is difficult, but not as heart-racing as having to extricate one’s band of survivors from a train station inhabited by cannibals with a cavalcade of zombies attacking the gates, for instance. Without that action, the pace here is a lot slower, like a family drama that just happens to coincide with the end of the world…” Brian Moylan, The Guardian
” … the opening salvo in Fear the Walking Dead is kind of boring at times, and while it does build up to some tense, scary moments it takes too long to get there. Making matters worse, the spin-off suffers from at least a few of the sins of its flagship cousin, The Walking Dead. For instance, characters don’t act like real people at times … but so often people act like puppets the writers are using to get from Point A to Point B in the story. Rather than letting the story play follow the characters, the characters follow the story —sometimes by blunt force. It’s probably the show’s biggest flaw.” Erik Kain, Forbes
“Fear the Walking Dead is filmed differently than regular Walking Dead, a jittery thriller instead of a slow, painterly horror. The style works well, frantic and jangly where The Walking Dead is still and contemplative. The fast-moving first two episodes of Fear don’t give us any time to really stop and reflect the way Walking Dead often does (sometimes successfully, sometimes exhaustingly). I’m sure we’ll get there eventually, but maybe not in the first season’s six-episode run.” Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
Kim Dickens as Madison Clark, a high school guidance counselor, fiancée of Travis’, and single mother of Alicia and Nick.
Cliff Curtis as Travis Manawa, a high school English teacher, Madison’s fiancé, and a divorcé who shares custody of his son, Chris, with his ex-wife Liza.
Frank Dillane as Nick Clark, Madison’s son who has flunked out of college and is battling a drug problem.
Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark, Madison’s high-achieving and ambitious daughter who is in a relationship with her jock boyfriend Matt. She is able to read situations well and often finds herself at odds with Nick, due to his unmotivated nature.
Lorenzo James Henrie as Chris Manawa, Travis and Liza’s son, who resents his father for their divorce.
Elizabeth Rodriguez as Liza Ortiz, Travis’ ex-wife and mother of their son Chris. A free-spirited bohemian type, she is attempting to rebound from her disastrous marriage and is in nursing school.
Rubén Blades as Daniel Salazar, Ofelia’s father. He is a barber who moved his family to LA from a different culture decades ago to start fresh.
Mercedes Mason as Ofelia Salazar, born and raised in the U.S. and protective of her immigrant parents.
Patricia Reyes Spíndola as Griselda Salazar, Daniel’s wife and Ofelia’s mother, very Catholic and unwilling to justify with science the supernatural phenomena, as she attributes the ills of the world to the sins committed by mankind.